The past week has been even hotter than the week before and still there has been no rain and with none forecast for at least the next two weeks I think we can say that the drought has started early and with the soil already parched from a rainless winter and spring much of the garden is already looked very stressed. So I am even more pleased to have flowers to cut to enjoy in the house from the irrigated cutting beds.
Cathy at Rambling in the garden encourages us all to fill a vase with flowers from our gardens or nearby to enjoy in our homes and share with the many contributors to this popular meme.
Despite having their early shoots blackened by the late frost at the end of April the dahlias are all growing well and the plants are producing strong stems of profuse flowers – earwigs have found them this year so I may have to put up some traps to stop them damaging the petals. The Zinnias are also just beginning to produce their profusion of flowers, from my records they have taken about 8 weeks from sowing to producing strong stemmed blooms, they certainly earn their place in the cut flower beds.
I used the crystal vase this week; this shape is really easy to use; I should look for more vases with this shape in different sizes.
Verbena bonariensis has seeded itself into the cut flower beds and as it doesn’t take up much space and other plants grow though it quite happily I’ve left it. Although not exactly planned the beds this year seem less organised and more exuberant, a little like Sarah Raven’s colour garden at Chelsea this year.
Achelia ptarmica The Pearl is used as supporting foliage along with more Dill. The self seeded Larkspur have produced a few that are in delicate shades of China blue with add variation to the deeper blues of the original plants.
When I’d finished putting together the previous two vases there was still quite a few flowers left in the bucket; lacking the energy to do very much more (I don’t cope well with high temperatures) I simply plonked all the remaining stems into a simple cylindrical vase.
The spiky dark red Dahlia tends to stuck in light and become almost invisible in a vase with other deep coloured blooms, here with lighter shades and photographed outside it is seen to advantage.
I did sow Didiscus ‘Blue Lace’ last year but the poor quality compost I used at the beginning of the season meant that none grew into usable plants; this year they have done much better and produce pale blue flower-heads that look a little like Alliums.
What will you find in your garden to pick today?
With thanks to Cathy for encouraging us all to enjoy our flowers inside the house as well as in the garden.
Thursday is the 22nd of the month and I will be posting about the foliage in the garden, I hope you will join me.